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Reuben James Sails with Pride After Successful INSURV

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Story Number: NNS050531-05
Release Date: 5/31/2005 9:55:00 AM

By Ensign Jon Derges, USS Reuben James Public Affairs

USS REUBEN JAMES (NNS) -- The Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) arrived aboard USS Reuben James (FFG 57) May 16 to conduct a congressionally-mandated, comprehensive material inspection of the ship.

After five days of in-port equipment tests and underway demonstrations, the senior inspector pronounced the results a “home run.”

“The results speak for themselves,” said Capt. Scott Anderson, Board of Inspection and Survey chief of staff and Reuben James’ senior inspector. “It is not often we see a ship so well prepared.”

The INSURV board conducts material inspections of all naval ships at least once every five years for the purpose of determining a ship's fitness for further service and capability to carry out assigned missions. The inspection team, comprised of 24 military and approximately 40 civilian inspectors, was tasked with evaluating everything from the ship’s habitability to its engineering readiness.

In the months leading up to the inspection, Reuben James focused extraordinary effort into cleaning, stowing, and preserving shipboard spaces and grooming all systems for testing. The ship’s hard work paid off handsomely when the results were unveiled. Utilizing a color-coded grading scale, (red equals "below average," yellow equals "average," green equals "above average"), the results were almost all green for Reuben James.

"[Typically], no one gets green across the board," said Reuben James Damage Control Assistant Lt. William Pikul. "The INSURV folks told me these were some of the highest marks they have ever given."

In areas where FFG 7-class ships have often scored poorly, Reuben James placed well above average. The ship was also complimented by the Board for having the smoothest deck gear and damage control gear presentations ever seen.

Although inspectors were impressed with Reuben James, preparing the ship for INSURV proved to be a unique challenge for the crew. Preparations for the inspection began following a six-month extended drydocking maintenance period that ended in December. The ship’s first major pre-INSURV hurdles, C5RA (Combat Systems, Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Readiness Assessment) and safety survey, were conducted in February. They were key preparatory events and built a foundation for great things to come.

Reuben James' Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Logan Jones, was extremely proud and pleased with the ship’s INSURV performance across the board.

"The scores we earned during this inspection were terrific, but I am especially pleased with Board’s assessment of our self-sufficiency," Jones stated. "INSURV lauded our ability to self-assess and praised our ability to resolve significant material issues. These are wonderful compliments coming from such a well-respected group of experts.”

Jones added that the teamwork of Reuben James' 230 Sailors, their spirit, their high standards and their detailed preparations contributed to an overwhelming success.

As Jones gathered his crew following the inspection outbrief, he was pleased to relay noteworthy comments provided by the senior inspector and his principal department heads.

Reuben James is beginning work-ups for a spring deployment, during which she will sail with the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) Expeditionary Strike Group.

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